Starting a new year off on the right foot could mean a change in diet and what better than adding more raw food either by having a higher component of raw food included in each and every meal or by making one meal every day wholly raw. There is a huge and growing movement towards eating raw with many Hollywood celebrities joining in.
rawfoodlife.com explain the science of a raw food diet
"A raw foodist is someone that eats 75-100% living, nutritionally-dense organic uncooked and unprocessed food (and drinks pure, live water), enjoying delicious meals that optimize your health by alkalizing your body. At that rate your elimination system can get rid of the toxins created when you cook. But when you eat more cooked food you are consuming acidic toxins faster than your body can eliminate them so they back up, disrupting your body's delicate acid/alkaline balance, a major cause of excess weight and disease. Heating food above 118 degrees F. causes the chemical changes that create acidic toxins, including the carcinogens, mutagens and free-radicals associated with diseases like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and cancer. Cooking also destroys the live enzymes that aid in digestion and health."
A high raw diet includes
- Raw honey, coconut oil, raw dairy butter and cheese or almond butter used as a spread.
- Bowl of raw cereal – oats, seeds, nuts and dried fruit with almond milk or raw dairy milk.
- Lots of green juices or smoothies – see a great recipe below.
- Rich raw salads full of different types of lettuce, rocket, celery, carrots, tomatoes, onions, grated raw beetroot, peppers and more.
- Coleslaw salad with chopped up raw cabbage, grated carrots and apples, a hint of raw onion, some raisins and mixed with a home made salad cream.
- A wrap “sandwich” with lettuce wrapped around avocado, raw hummus and other raw veggies.
- Nuts and nut cheeses but no more than a handful of nuts a day because too many can make you feel sluggish. This is because nuts are rich in oils that can slow down the cleansing properties of other foods.
- All kinds of seeds both sprouted and unsprouted.
- All types of raw fruit as well as ice cream made with just pure fruit.
- Raw chocolate desserts. One of my favorites is to melt a bar of dark organic chocolate and when it has cooled, beat in 4 free range egg yolks. In the meantime, whip up 4 egg whites until stiff and then fold in the chocolate mixture. Pour into 4 bowls and leave in the refrigerator to chill before serving with some cream or natural yogurt.
A daily green smoothie is a great way to get started
They are so delicious and are almost a meal in themselves. Here is the recipe to get you going on your new road to raw!
You will need:
- 4 apples
- 3 to 4 large spinach leaves or a handful of baby spinach which has been rinsed well. If you can use organic, then so much the better. Spinach is so good for you and full of nutrition and yet you will not even notice the taste of the spinach – excellent for any anti-veggie children (or adults) who will be none the wiser! Spinach has concentrated health-promoting phyto-nutrients to provide powerful antioxidant protection.
- 1 pear
- 3 ripe bananas (this is a good way to use up bananas that are a little bit past their “sell by date”)
- Half an avocado
- 1 cup of freshly squeezed apple juice or 1 cup of coconut milk or 1 cup of unsweetened organic plain yogurt
- Add a cup of crushed ice when the weather is hot.
Clean, peal and chop all the ingredients into chunks before adding to your blender. Use on high speed until your smoothie is really smooth. You can always add a bit more liquid if it seems too thick. Pour into glasses and enjoy with friends or family.
You can ring the changes to this recipe
Get used to this recipe and you can start trying other raw ingredients to build up your own repertoire - examples are grated ginger, cucumber, parsley and more.
You will soon find that raw food meals leave you feeling vital and full of energy.